Hiked the trail to the Atascosa Lookout, then dropped down the north ridge and up the south ridge of Atascosa Peak over rock and through some brush. Looked for but was not sure of the footpath traversing around the lookout summit towards the peak summit. On the return could not find the traversing footpath, so climbed over the lookout again. Perhaps the recent fires and subsequent brush growth has hidden this footpath.
Climbed with my mom and dad. Mom waited at the lookout site while Dad and I made the almost 2-hr traverse to the summit and back. The entire area was burned by fire in the summer of 2011 which sadly consumed the lookout, but the views are still very good and the area feels tranquil and quiet.
There isn't that much of a "path" between the lookout and the summit, but rather a cairned route. Cross-country travel isn't too tough (the hardest part is the first stretch down from the lookout which involves a little scrambling and/or awkward sidehilling), and it's relatively easy to avoid whacking through burned brush/trees. It was a fun game at times figuring out the best route to take.
Our entry in the register was the first since before the fire, but I'm sure others have been up since. Great hike!
wonderful views of Basin & Range country. Did the Lookout only.
Bushwack up west ridges, then traversed to lookout; maybe 1996/97?
Having been to the lookout several times, decided sometime in spring of 2006, to go behind and along ridge at time to peak. Some ups and downs. Found path and mostly followed it. Nice views but similar to those at lookout.
Hiked trail to 5800', bushwacked to Peak, then backtracked
to Lookout. Nice register in lookout, with comments
on Ed Abbey, who worked in this lookout.
The goal of the day was Castle Rock (Pena Blanca), Atascosa Lookout, and Atascosa Peak. Successful on all three accounts. I had an engagement later that day and we didn't have a lot of time, but we made the traverse from Lookout to Atascosa in under 45 minutes...great fun!
Climbed with Chris on 1-8-06. Nice little hike. After riding out the 6 miles of bumpy road in his lowrider we got under way and it didn't take to terrible long to reach the shack on top of Atascosa Lookout. We hung around there noticing the migrating ladybugs and taking mock pictures with the bottle of Jack Daniels kindly left inside the structure. After downclimbing a bit we picked up on the trail heading over to Atacosa Peak. The "Beaten Path" could've use a little more beating, especially towards the beginning. After a true schlep over a minor peak and over the saddle we climbed a few hundred feet up to the tallest summit in the range.
Hiked to the peak to snag Geocache GCKM0F. Used the lookout shack as a convenient spot to stash extra water. Great hike!
A small but worthy desert peak.